The amazing numbers behind purchases of Israeli start-ups
If you are “one in a million” in China, there are 1,379 exactly like you.
If you want to grasp the enormity of numbers we toss around daily, please think through the following examples that try to put context to how enormous the number million really is.
Each dot below represents 1. In this first example, we graphically show black dots for the 582 people who are not millionaires and one red dot for the millionaire. Luckily, you and I know a lot more than 583 people and almost none are millionaires. Does that mean we get to be the next millionaire, right?
In this picture we see that 1 out of every 1,489 gets a perfect score on the American SAT tests. It’s clear that going from the number of dots above to the number of dots below is a significant increase.
Abraham may have been getting a raw deal or maybe he has much better clarity into the sky but the number of stars waitbutwhy.com says are visible is the below 2,500 dots.
We start to get serious when we depict a truly large number like 47,000! I can’t imagine counting that many dots!
And yet we still are not even close to the numbers we’ve talked about in thinking of a million. Take a deep breath and try to wrap your head around even just 100,000…
Now try to comprehend one million. Keep scrolling and we’ll see you in a minute at the bottom.
If you’re beginning to grasp the enormity a million, well done. Unfortunately, a million isn’t even close to the numbers being discussed today in Israel.
Three companies have been sold in Israel in just the last month that put the numbers above to shame. I’m not “playing around” when I say that an Israeli “on-line gaming” company sold for 500,000,000 dollars! https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5001084,00.html
Ready for that in dots? Neither am I.
If that were not enough, it was only a couple weeks earlier that a Japanese company bought an Israeli pharmaceutical company for 1,100,000,000 dollars! If you had trouble reading that number it was 1.1 BILLION dollars. I would have thought you could read two little ones and 8 zeros with all that dot exercise but I think you are getting the idea of the enormity of these numbers. https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4993542,00.html
These two sales impressed me enough to write to Kehila News asking to write on these huge developments. But I hadn’t gotten around to writing about it until today. Today, I decided I MUST write about this because I saw this article about the purchase of a third company for a whopping 11.9 BILLION dollars. https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5008769,00.html
In Israel not very many people earn a salary that allows them to work hard, save aggressively and get ahead. For most people Israeli’s, the plan to aggressively save for 5 years will actually put them further away from purchasing a house than they were when they started. Demand is just too high and supply remains too low.
For this reason, Israeli’s are extremely entrepreneurial. It is no small chance Israel is called the “Startup Nation”. For foreigners who have $50,000 or $100,000 that they are willing to put into a high-risk investment, Israel is more than ideal. Please note the “high-risk” part. Many Israeli’s don’t make it. Some are downright swindlers. But there are several organizations and people working to connect interested investors with good honest Israeli’s who are wanting to start truly life-altering companies. Some are in agri-tech like believer-owned Ariel Global which is looking for a seed of $150,000. Others are in the security industry like Dakar Eilat’s Initiative Defense Solutions. These are just two of the startups that my company is assisting but there are hundreds of others equally worthy.
Whether these companies become worth millions or billions one day, the reality is that any of these numbers is extremely large and worth a closer look by anyone who wants to invest.
Jonathan married up to his wife Simcha in 2008 and has three children all born in Jerusalem. He co-pastors Congregation Ahavat Yeshua (www.ahavatyeshuajerusalem.org) in Jerusalem under the apostolic oversight of Asher Intrater. He is the founder of Moore Group & Associates, an Israel-based strategic consulting firm (www.mooregroup.co.il) which does business incubation and organizational acceleration. Jonathan has a passion for bringing business and ministry together for Kingdom purposes.
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The match made in heaven
In an early interaction, God told Moses that He will send his angel to guide Israel along the way. The people of Israel were warned not to disobey God’s messenger, because he would not forgive their transgressions. (Ex. 23:21)
Moses approached God with a very bold request indeed; He asked for God to personally accompany Israel instead, refusing to move anywhere without His own personal presence. Why did Moses take the risk of challenging God? Why did he think that the original arrangement would not work?
In the end of incredible experience of seeing the back of God, hearing the words that described his fundamentally gracious and forgiving nature (Ex. 34:6), Moses disclosed his real reason: “…because this is a stiff-necked people. Pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your own!” (Ex. 34:9)
In other words, Moses’ argument was as follows: God should go with Israel and forgive them, precisely because they are stiff-necked people! Since God already said that angel would not forgive Israel if they rebel against him (Ex. 23:21), Moses knew that his only hope was to persuade God Himself to come instead. While being hidden in the cleft of the Rock, Moses became aware that YHWH (unlike His angel) was able to forgive “iniquity, transgression, and sin” (Ex. 34:7). Moses understood that only if God of Israel will be their Emmanuel (God with us) would Israel have a future. It was a match made in heaven: Israel had sins, YHWH had forgiveness.
This article originally appeared on Israel Study Center, August 12, 2017, and reposted with permission.
One of Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg's greatest passions is building of bridges of trust, respect and understanding between Christians and Jews, overcoming centuries of difficult, but almost always joined history. He strongly believes that both Hebrew Bible and the New Testament scriptures have much to teach both communities. Outside of his expertise in the ancient languages (Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, Syriac and Old Church Slovanic), he has a command of three other modern languages (English, Russian and Hebrew).
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The significance of the shofar blast
In a few days, we will be celebrating the Feast of Trumpets and Jews along with a growing number of Christians will gathered together to observe this Biblical Holy Day. There will be special services and time devoted to repentance and introspection, but the focal point of the day will be when the shofar is sounded. This simple trumpet made from an animal’s horn produces a sound that connects eternity to eternity. The traditional blasting of the shofar one hundred times is both exciting and empowering to the hearer. This powerful sound, which is of such great importance that it was commanded by G-D to be heard by the Children of Israel, has an even greater importance. It is one that is often missed by those who have consistently gathered year after year to hear the sound so as to fulfill the commandment.
For the majority of those who will gather in synagogues to hear the shofar, the purpose of the sound is to mark the opening of the doors of repentance for the period of time between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. These ten days are known as the “Days of Awe.” But, there is an even greater meaning given for the shofar sounding, one that reminds us that repentance isn’t the end of the story for those who love G-D. While the shofar does remind us of the open door for repentance, its purpose is not only to lead us to our knees in repentance.
This greater purpose for the sounding of the shofar has been lost to some extent because the use of the shofar in Judaism has throughout the years become limited to the sounding on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (and in some places on Rosh Chodesh). However, the shofar was used to proclaim the coronation of a King, as well as its use in warfare to direct the army. It is these two uses that have been lost to most people, and as such, Rosh Hashanah has become a time only for sorrow and repentance, when its purpose was not singular in ancient times.
On Rosh HaShanah, a prayer called Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father Our King) is recited. Yet, His Kingship is relegated only to the His ability to forgive His people. He is much more than a forgiver; He is a redeemer and deliverer. He is strong in mighty and strong in battle. This shofar blast is not simply to call us to repentance. It is to remind us of why we are called to repentance. It is a reminder of what comes after repentance: victory.
To better understand the shofar blast, think back to those wonderful old westerns, the movies in which the hero has been surrounded by the enemy and all looks hopeless. Then, softly in the distance, you hear the sound of a bugle. As moments pass, the bugle gets louder and with it you hear the sound of many horses riding at full gallop. With each blast of the horn, the defeat is driven out of the heart of those surrounded and it is replaced with hope. Defeat is swallowed up by victory. This, in essence, is what the sound of the shofar should do for those hearing it. Each year we gather, realizing that by depending on our own power and abilities, we have been surrounded by the enemy of our soul. But then, the shofar sounds and we realize the King is coming with His army to bring total victory against our enemy. Every year when the shofar blasts on Rosh HaShanah, our hearts are reminded that with every year that passes, the King riding upon His white horse is getting closer and closer and one day soon we will hear the Great Shofar sound and the enemy will be vanquished. Rosh HaShanah is not intended to remind us of our defeats; it is intended to keep us watching for His deliverance as we are set free.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, God Has No Plan "B", and his most recent book Galatians in Context.
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The destructive power of neglect
Neglect is such a subtle destroyer. It goes unnoticed among the many concerns that occupy our lives, but like a current under the waters surface it has the power to suck us down into the depths. The power of Neglect is not in the way or form it takes, but in what it communicates. It is also well adapted to camouflage itself with things that make it justifiable, never allowing the voice of the neglected to be heard.
First off, before I go on, I want to make clear that we are all guilty of neglecting others and have suffered from the destroying power of Neglect to one degree or another. To those who would seek to use their own experience of being neglected to justify their own bitterness and rebellion, this is not for you (to you I can only say that you need to do a study on the importance of “forgiveness” and learn to accept that people are imperfect). I do want to offer these thoughts for each of us to examine where our own priorities have been and how those priorities have led to us neglecting those we should value and love.
Secondly, the intensity of the destruction that Neglect will have is in direct proportion to the intimacy of the relationship. There are spheres of intimacy or relationship. The most intimate would be the bond of marriage of which God testifies that that “two shall become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24) Then you would have immediate family, then a community of common belief such as a church, then a city and after that- country. If you can visualize the individual as being in the middle and the spheres of relationship getting larger at each level, they encompass more people and are therefore less intimate. But where there is relationship, there is the possibility of suffering Neglect. Neglect by a community will not have as much of an impact on us as the Neglect of a spouse, but both are hurtful.
The definition of Neglect:
1: to give little attention or respect to :
2: to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness
If you apply that definition to the way you are called to treat those God has placed in your life, the problem becomes a little clearer. Think about the way you treat: your spouse, kids, parents, co-workers, and whoever else you would like. Is it starting to sink in?
Good, let’s keep going. If we can agree that we want to avoid being neglectful, what is it that we need to do? What is the opposite of Neglect? Here is a list of antonyms for Neglect: attend (to), heed, mind, regard, tend (to), appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value; cultivate, foster, nurse, nurture; pamper; remember; listen (to), watch; follow, mark, note, notice, observe, remark
To help us to avoid making the mistake of neglecting others, we have to start with the acceptance of the truth that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27-28) If we understand that God has created the people that He has placed in our lives, and that He has stamped them with His image, we will value them as those God made for the purpose of pouring His love into. Cultivating that attitude towards others is where you want to start. By Neglect we communicate to the person that we value other things above them. It can be work, material things, ambitions, drugs or alcohol- whatever it is, you are communicating that you value “it” above them. Reading and applying the Word of God to the way we think is the way in which we practice the command to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” (Rom. 12:2)
The deceptive power of Neglect comes in the form of some of the reasons we allow ourselves to Neglect others. We all have trouble juggling priorities. It is a struggle that constantly needs evaluation. I think the most deceptive is when people neglect others for “Religious” looking reasons. Paul uses the example of Jewish believers of his day using their religious dietary restrictions to alienate themselves from fellow believers who were not Jewish. He writes: “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” (Rom. 14:14-18)
As one who came to faith out of the heart of strict religious orthodoxy, Paul’s teaching throughout his letters was that all the religious activity in the world, aside from being infused with the supernatural love of God is meaningless. That is what 1 Corinthians 13 is all about.
This example was given by Jesus, and I love the story of this healing on the Sabbath:
“Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound — think of it — for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” (Luke 13:10-17)
This devotional was written by CBN Israel’s staff member, Daniel Carlson
This article appeared on CBN Israel, September 1, 2017 and reposted with permission.
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Message from Heaven at Mount Transfiguration
Yeshua needed information about the path before Him. The generation had failed to heed the warnings He and John the Immerser had offered. The arrest of execution of John the Immerser betokened the people’s rejection of their message.
After the death of John the Immerser, Yeshua tried to avoid public appearances in the Galilee. He brought His disciples into Phoenicia, Decapolis, and Batanea—all outside of the reach of Herod Antipas. Yeshua saw that His own life and mission was following the same trajectory as John’s. His own appointment was surely coming soon. He knew that the thing—whatever it was—must take place in the holy city of Jerusalem. He did not know when or how, or what course He should take. He needed more information. Yeshua climbed the high mountain seeking revelation about the path He must take.
When Daniel the prophet requested revelation, the LORD dispatched the angel Gabriel to provide him with the answers to his questions. In the Master’s case, the LORD did not send an angel to deliver the message. He sent only His two most trusted and loyal messengers to deliver the message to Yeshua.
The Gospel of Luke says that Moses and Elijah came to speak to the Master about “His departure (exodos, ἔξοδος) which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31). In his farewell epistle, Simon Peter uses the same word to describe his own impending death, just before recounting his eye-witness testimony of the transfiguration:
I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure (exodos) you will be able to call these things to mind. (2 Peter 1:15)
In the story of the transfiguration, the word choice implies more than just the Master’s impending death. The Greek exodos alludes to the Septuagint book of Exodus and the story of the exodus from Egypt. Moses and Elijah explained to Yeshua that His personal exodus would take place at Passover, the annual commemoration of the exodus. They explained the path of suffering He must follow, but they also explained His exodus from the grave and His ascension.
After His conversation with Moses and Elijah, the Master returned to Galilee without any further fear of Herod Antipas, and He set His face toward Jerusalem and His exodus there.
This article originally appeared on First Fruit of Zion, and reposted with permission.
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